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Poster: SactownTom Date: Dec 1, 2006 9:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NonDead Concerts

Seems like I'm always late to the party on the cool threads but I'll chime in on this one...

SNACK (I was 15 and I DID NOT GET the GD that day)
Lynyrd Skynyrd Winterland '75
Day on the Green w/ Trower, Dave Mason, Frampton, Fleetwood Mac ('75--before Frampton and the Mac (w/ Lindsey/Stevie) went huge
Journey (BEFORE Steve Perry turned them into wimps, they were a great prog/jam band--Aynsley Dunbar on drums)--several times 74-77
Little Feat--BCT '78--w/ Lowell
Marley '79--Oakland Aud (w/ Ronnie Wood on long encore; BTW, this show is on the Wolfgang's Vault site)
Many Lindley/El Rayo shows at various clubs in Bay Area
Jim Carroll Band
Clash/English Beat at SF Civic
Stones 78, 81
Who 80(?), 82
Zappa--BCT
Van Morrison--BCT
Lots of reggae greats when I was living in Humboldt 83-86 (never could figure out why they always came through in October and November!)
Punk shows at the Stone and Fab Mab in the early 80's
X
My first Strawberry Fest in '86 had Grisman, Newgrass, John Hartford, Hot Rize, The Dillards--Jam on Sunday night with about 20 people on stage doing bluegrass standards--totally sick shit. I was hooked on grass (blue) from then on
At Strawberry (at various times):Arlo, Gillian Welch, Emmylou, Lucinda, Steve Earle, Hot Rize, Tim O'Brien, Allison Krauss w/ Jerry D., Lindley, Sam Bush, Grisman, Bluegrass Sessions, Alejandro Escovedo, Dave Alvin, Jimmy LaFave, Roseanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, Guy Clark and on and on and on...
Note:Many of the artists at Strawberry claim it is their favorite festival to play. It is definitely my favorite to attend. Held twice a year (Memorial and Labor Day weekends) just outside of Yosemite. Always sells out early. Great family vibe, very well run fest. I used to go to both fests every year--now we go to just one. I can't speak highly enough of this fest. It has significantly helped fill the gap left by no more
GD shows. Not so ironically, I started my annual attendance in Sept. 95. After the music ended on Sunday night, I was blissfully wandering around the camp around 1 AM and heard Garcia singing Amazing Grace on the little festival radio station. Jerry had just passed and I was overcome with emotion. I was by myself and I just got this profound feeling of sadness and resignation, mixed with exhiliration and joy at how fortunate I had been to spend almost 20 years enjoying and loving his music. And here was something I had never heard before and it was absolutely magical. I will NEVER forget that moment in my life. What I was hearing turned out to be the Pizza Tapes, which weren't released for several more years. Until it was released, I wondered if I had really heard Jerry sing Amazing Grace that night in the woods near Yosemite. God, what an experience...

Whoa--Sorry about that--got a little off topic, I guess.

Live Music Is Better, Bumper Stickers Will Be Issued (NY)
Thanks to this forum and you very cool guys and gal.
Tom